Don’t miss today’s Teaser Tuesday from Falling for the Girl Next Door (Creative HeArts, #5; Sloane and Tru, #2) by Tera Lynn Childs, which releases on Monday, November 14, 2016!
A few months ago, if someone asked me to name one good thing about Austin, Texas, I would have laughed in their face. Serious, can’t control it, gut-wrenching laughter. Never in a million years.
Apparently a lot can change in a short time, because now I can name three.
- The food. As a vegetarian, Austin is a wonderland. There is a seemingly endless array of meat-free options. Back home in New York I had my favorite haunts, but here I’m finding new places to yum practically every day. Plus, there is my new obsession: Tex-Mex. There is no such thing as too much guacamole.
- The school. When I first saw Austin NextGen Academy, all shiny and modern, I thought it would never compare to the School of Drama and Art where I spent my first three years of high school. I was wrong. Between the advanced-level classes and the experimental teaching methods, NextGen has totally blown my mind.
- The neighbors. Or, more specifically, the neighbor boy. Tru Dorsey. He didn’t exactly make the best first impression—climbing up onto my roof to disrupt my angry solitude had not endeared him to me. And thanks to a bunch of propaganda from my mom and his parents, I’d been pre-disposed to dislike him, anyway. But the boy has definitely grown on me. So much so that he’s been elevated to full-on boyfriend status.
So there it is. The three reasons why I’m not unequivocally hating my parent-enforced exile in the Lone Star state. Enough to make my sentence here more than bearable. Dare I even say enjoyable? I’m not saying I’m ready to apply for permanent Texas citizenship, but sticking it out here in weirdsville for the duration of my senior year won’t be the worst thing in the world.
Cue the guilt. I feel like I’m cheating on my hometown with another city. A girl can’t spend almost eighteen years as a New Yorker and then just walk away. But Austin makes me want to try.
There’s also the family guilt. While Mom and I are living it up in Austin, Dad and Dylan are back in our Big Apple brownstone. Dad is a workaholic who is almost never home. It’s kind of hard to miss him when I never saw him much anyway. But my baby brother is another story. He’s like the missing puzzle piece in my daily grind. I know Mom feels it, too.
The guilt was bad enough when I could blame my parents for sending Mom and me away. It was me against them. I was the sane one who wanted to go home.
Now that I’m actually content to stay in Austin…now it’s kind of my fault, too.
My family is broken in two, with half a country separating us. And I’m partly to blame.
About Falling for the Girl Next Door:
One real boyfriend + one fake boyfriend = a whole lot of trouble.
Sloane Whitaker never expected to like living in Texas, but after a few months in the Lone Star State, she has to admit she likes the food, the school, and the boy next door. What she doesn’t like is the fact that half her family is still back in New York. Convincing her dad to relocate to Texas requires making their upcoming visit as perfect as possible. The perfect dinner, the perfect daughter…with the perfect boyfriend.
But when her not-so-perfect boyfriend Tru Dorsey is suddenly not-so-available, Sloane has to find another dad-impressing guy to show off at dinner. Tru himself suggests enlisting the help of a fake boyfriend, but the reality of another guy with Sloane on his arm might be more than Tru can manage. Add in a mysterious blackmailer and a divided family, and Sloane and Tru’s relationship might not be able to handle the heat.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a bad boy next door, the good girl who snags his heart, and one epically disastrous ruse-gone-wrong. Join the fun at your own risk.